Friendly, passionate, loving and sincere, but jaded by the world. I keep to myself for the most part, and keep only a handful of close friends in my life for the human interaction necessary to keep some semblance of social interaction.
I was trained as an immunochemist after completing my BS in Biochemistry. I worked in a lab for a contract research organization for a while doing cancer research, but after seeing all three of my children's birthdays attached to patient ID's that ended up passing during the course of the study, I quit. I was doing protein-based research, and the reality of what was going on was terrifying and I wanted no role in the advancement of this treatment methodology.
After leaving the lab and returning to school to study economics and gain some fundamental business principles and knowledge, I decided working in the business world would be a better fit for me. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of working at a government contracting firm, which is a politically-driven monster. As the hard and efficient worker I am, I thrive in meritocratic environments, but politically-driven ones are anything but that. It disgusted me to see the blatant abuse of power and authority, and frustrating to see incompetence rewarded and achievement penalized. I chalked it up to being the way of the world..
Lost and bewildered by where to go from here, I am channeling my focus on combining my scientific training with my on-the-job experience with hazardous material remediation and working towards a PhD in Environmental Engineering. Maybe this way I can still help people without necessarily having to deal with them, and will make the world a safer place. Why? Not to get rich by creating value in the form of solutions to problems that plague us relating to the environment (think arsenic in ground water that we irrigate crops with - such as the research I am working on to develop membranes that remove the arsenic from the water in an extremely cost-effective manner - more so than the "green" campaign that the media assaults us with), but because I love you guys, no matter how ridiculous we can all be at times! =D